Oakville (Live Oak County)
Hanging Trees & Pan de Campo in Oakville!
We began our our day at the Brush Country Cowboy Church in George West. We were provided with a wonderful breakfast of pan de campo and breakfast taquitos. A welcome and overview of cowboy churches was given by Pastor Pat Traxler.
After watching our breakfast being made in front of us, and hearing from Pastor Draxler, we caravaned over to the Oakville Jail were were were hosted by the owners Albert & Mauri Davila.
Mr. & Mrs. Davila talked about their passion for history and how that influenced to purchase the rundown jail back in 2005. Now they rent out the jail which now serves as “bed & breakfast” style lodging.
Sylvia Steele, Mayor of George West, said, “My family & I stayed here over the holidays and it was great! There were quite a few of us, but we all spent most of our time in the cozy living room enjoying time together!”
After being shown around, we then moved our day over to the Oakville Baptist Chruch. There, Syliva Steele, Mayor of Oakville & Director of the Grace Armantrout Museum, provided a pictoral hisotry of Oakville. Then, Albert Davila gave a presentation entitled, “History of Oakville.”
Stephen L. Davis, author of “J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind” graciously came to our meeting to present, “Life & Work of J. Frank Dobie” a presentation about J. Frank Dobie who was once a resident in Live Oak County.
Roberta Dobie of Live Oak County and relative of J. Frank Dobie provided audio of J. Frank Dobie reading one of his stories.
We then had a delicious lunch of brisket, sausage, potato salad & beans, catered by Van’s Barbeque in Oakville. It was great!
Our day concluded with presentations from Amanda Dyer who is a historian at the Texas Historical Commission in Austin. Amanda gave an overview of historical markers and the process by which you can obtain them.
April Garner, who is apart of the Heritage Tourism Program for the Texas Historical Commission, gave information about the Texas Heritage Tourism Partnership Grant Guidelines.
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